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Wild goalie Nicklas Backstrom laid on the ice after being hit by Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri during the first period at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Kadri suspended 3 games for hit on Wild's Backstrom

  • Associated Press
  • November 15, 2013 - 7:08 AM

NEW YORK — Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Thursday for a hit to Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom's head.

Kadri received a minor penalty for goaltender interference on the first-period play Wednesday night in the Maple Leafs' 2-1 shootout loss at Minnesota. Backstrom left the game a few minutes later.

Kadri received a match penalty in the third period for hitting Mikael Granlund in the head

The suspension will cost Kadri $44,615. He has five goals and nine assists in 18 games this season.

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